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Congressman targets federal funding for the war on drugs

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 18:49 EDT
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Colorado Congressman Jared Polis has offered two amendments to the House continuing resolution that would eliminate much of the federal funding for the war on drugs in the United States.

The House is currently debating HR 1, the Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011. The bill is needed to fund the government for the rest of the current fiscal year.

Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) has offered a number of amendments to the legislation. One of his amendments, No. 501, would eliminate funding for the Office of National Drug Control Policy, commonly known as the drug czar. Another amendment, No. 427, would prohibit funds being made available for the investigation or criminal prosecution of any person for the possession, manufacture or distribution of marijuana.

The Marijuana Policy Project is urging its members to contact their representatives about the amendments.

“The Drug Czar’s office is simply not necessary,” a pre-written letter by the group said. “Levels of drug use do not change because we have a person of power in Washington going around the country saying, ‘Drugs are bad.’ Moreover, a case can be made that the Drug Czar’s office has done a disservice to our youth by emphasizing the harms associated with marijuana at the expense of educating them about the relative harms of all drugs.”

Last week, Rep. Polis said that support for legalizing marijuana at the federal level was steadily increasing in Congress.

“I find that a lot of members of Congress privately agree that we need to change our drug policy, they’re just still too timid or scared to come public with it,” he said.

Although the two amendments may galvanize supporters of marijuana legalization, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) warned Wednesday that the continuing resolution has become a vehicle for amendments that threaten civil liberties.

“This continuing resolution is a breathtaking assault on civil liberties,” Director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office Laura W. Murphy said. “In one fell swoop, the House bill is attempting to chip away at due process rights and eliminate access to crucial health care for many Americans. While determining federal funding concerns, it is unacceptable that the civil liberties of Americans be considered dispensable. We urge the Senate to continue its resistance to this disastrous bill.”

As of Tuesday night, members of the House had offered 583 amendments to the bill.

Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) is expected to try and attach his bill, the “Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act,” to the continuing resolution.

The measure would eliminate all $327 million in funding for Title X, a family planning program that began 40 years ago under President Richard Nixon. And while Planned Parenthood receives millions of dollars from the program, Title X funds cannot be used for abortion services.

“If Planned Parenthood wants to be involved in providing counseling services and HIV testing, they ought not be in the business of providing abortions,” Rep. Pence told Politico Tuesday. “As long as they aspire to do that, I’ll be after them.”

Rep. Aaron Shock (R-IL) has offered an amendment to the continuing resolution that would ban Guantanamo detainees from being transferred to the United States for any reason.

The ACLU said the continuing resolution could be used to pass other problematic national security-related amendments and would be monitoring the debate closely.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
 
 
 
 
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  • Anonymous

    Finally some sanity!

  • Anonymous

    Of course a great idea. But as Hillary Clinton recently said, “There’s too much money in it”.

  • http://openid-provider.appspot.com/j.biddy J.biddy

    No, this is not sane. We do not want to trade a sane drug policy for access to health care, civil liberties, or a national security policy that makes sense. We have to build off of hard fought things like Title X, not trade them for the privilege of doing drugs. Don’t get me wrong, I want legalization (or at least decriminalization) but it can’t be at the expense of things that are intersectional and just as important.

    If Title X goes in with a Republican administration and out with a Democratic one we will truly be witnessing something peculiar.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UM75UT6SBQFK2O6OFTHZMZIGTM Corey Sittig

    Then she watched some other woman blow her husband!

  • Anonymous

    Unless users are targeted with treatment and penalties the whole “war” is hopeless. Best to legalize everything and treat the users.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FONW6K3ZWV4BU4ZTCDCSZHHH6E Mick Jagger

    Got my support! Finally, a representative who isn’t trying to criminalize the American people. End the Drug War NOW!!!!!!!! And put an end to private prisons for profit before we have another Egypt right here.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VKTCM2DCWPVUXEKN5G5QNTBJNQ Dustin A

    While Bill did blow!

  • Anonymous

    So what? It was only a political marriage. Would you want to touch Hillary? Its not like he paid a 17 year old to have sex with him at a freaky ritual orgy!

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ hounddogg

    What i would like to know is where all if the billions of $ they confiscate go… and if we really want to get serious about the budget, we can go after the Limos, 1st class airline flights, free cars, etc,etc,etc, as well…that will save a ton of money…Jerry Brown is setting a great example here in Cali…he even fly’s coach with no entourage!…

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/RepublicConstitution?feature=mhum TruthRegimes

    Raw Story and much of the U.S. media is ignoring this:
    “He reflects the very best of American spirit’: Obama honours Bush Snr with Medal of Freedom”

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1357344/Obama-honours-George-Bush-Snr-Bill-Russell-Medal-freedom.html#ixzz1EB0yCOzp

  • http://dreadpiraterobert.blogspot.com dreadpiraterobert

    Are you talking about Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi now? Because I don’t think there were any “rituals” performed at the orgies where he paid 17-year-olds for sex.

    Just trying to stick to the facts.

  • gypski®

    Cut to the bone, no more, no less.

  • WitsEnd66

    This is a sensible cut. This so-called ware has gone on since Reagan and we haven’t reduced demand in the US nor have we eradicated the importation. All it has done is overload the prisons with first offense users. Insane.

  • http://twitter.com/VaginaHedgeFund Lloyd Blankfein

    Normally I would agree with groups like the Marijuana Policy Project that we should contact our representatives but maybe in this case it would be better NOT to do so. Maybe this amendment would have better luck if nobody was paying attention and it slipped through somehow. Once everybody starts sending letters and calling d.c. the regular fear & loathing crowd gets into gear and stops this before it even starts.

  • Anonymous

    Why is there always a trade off. I support defunding the DEA and war on drugs. It is a miserable failure that is full of corruption, and we can’t afford it any longer. Marijuana is relatively harmless and should at the very least be decriminalized, while hemp should be legal to grow for industrial purposes. We can use it to make paper, fuel, oil, food, cloth, cement, rope, and more. Keeping this plant illegal is insanity on steroids.

  • shinyorbs

    Hillary’s not asking you to touch her. I’m sure when you’re in your 60′s you’ll look like death warmed over

  • Anonymous

    What is needed is congressional reform that would limit the scope of all bills, so that each one is singular, brief and to the point. We can no longer afford to have our representatives telling us they voted one way or the other on a bill, not because of the one thing in it they agreed with, but because of the fifty-zillion other things in it they didn’t agree with, or vice-versa. It’s almost as if their ultimate goal is to be able to cram every conceivable issue into one gargantuan bill that they can vote on once and then fund-raise for the entire rest of the year.

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ Stumptownhero

    Ya gotta love it when a Dem uses a Repugnant tactic to get something done.

  • Anonymous

    It’s about time we stopped wasting billions on another unwinnable war. If “drugs” were legal, they wouldn’t be “cool,” and kids would not be as attracted to them since they wouldn’t be forbidden anymore.

    You want your kid to stop playing videogames? Start playing them yourself.
    You want your kid to stop Facebooking every waking hour? Start Facebooking yourself.
    Start doing what you want your kid to stop doing, and see immediate results.

    I taught teenagers for 26 years. I know whereof I speak.

  • http://ray032.com/ Ray Joseph Cormier

    Fourteen years ago The Ottawa Citizen published four consecutive Editorials in four days calling for the legalization of Cannabis. Calling the Editor to commend him for such bold action, it was suggested an article be submitted for payment if published on the Op-Ed page. On submission, the Editor said, “Now we’re going to have to shit or get of the pot.”

    It was published as a Letter To The Editor with the heart and guts edited out so that no reader would have a clear perspective or understanding of the issue.

    The Senate of Canada did an exhaustive study of the issue and recommended it’s legalization to the Canadian government. The government shelved the report fearing US trade sanctions or other reprisals.

    June 16, 1997 A.D.

    Cannabis, Culture & Cost

    by

    Ray Joseph Cormier

    The Ottawa Citizen is to be commended for taking a leading role in attempting to stimulate a public debate on the legalization of cannabis. This voice, added to those of Police Chief Brian Ford, and the head of Interpol, who have called for decrimilization of cannabis, could be the catalyst for a True Common Sense Revolution.

    While cannabis has been around for thousands of years, knowledge of it was not in the public domain until the sixties. No one I knew did it, or talked about it until the mass media reported on the new phenomenon called marijuana, spreading through California like wild fire.

    I read with horror, the media reporting that anyone who smoked just one marijuana cigarette, would suddenly snap, go blind, commit suicide, rape, plunder and kill. I certainly didn’t want to live in that kind of society. I thought, ‘That’s terrible! The police have to stop that from spreading. Why would people do that?’. In the cold war mentality of those times, I was naive, and believed our media always told the Truth.

    One night, a trusted friend told me he had some marijuana. He told me he was smoking it for six months, but was afraid to tell me, knowing I was so against it. Convincing me my fears were based on falsehoods, I tried it. Nothing happened! A month later, my friend had some cannabis resin. That time, I experienced what getting high meant – to me.

    Everyone has heard the expressions, “getting high” or “stoned.” It is as difficult to convey an exact, universal understanding of those words as an experience, as it would be to say GOD, and everyone know in common. There are variables. Generally, cannabis or resin has mildly euphoric and tranquilizing effects simultaneously. Abstract concepts can be expressed verbally, with deeper insights. Fundamentally, cannabis and it’s resin is a social experience. Between users, thoughts, emotions, and words work more efficiently together in communion. Total strangers will take the time to share their lives with the offer of a joint, as in people joining together.

    Montreal at that time was vibrant with Expo ‘67. Bohemians had disappeared, and beatniks were fading. The hippies had arrived. Peace, Love, brotherhood-sisterhood, sharing, caring and doing good with one another was the currency with the advent of cannabis. This, in my mind, was a positive change in society. The consensus was the government would have to legalize this beautiful, natural plant. That generation, the parents of today, were going to change the system.

    In it’s series of editorials, The Citizen points out the gangsters selling alcohol during prohibition became rich, powerful and violent because the Law made it possible. When prohibition was repealed, the gangsters took their money, and invested in legitimate business. The gangster mentality is profit before people. With funding cuts to health care, education, and other services both cannabis users and non users need, the people should question the rationale for drug laws. How did the hope and promise of a kinder, gentler society degenerate into a leaner, meaner society? Why is a different standard applied to cannabis, than for alcohol and cigarettes?

    Organized groups may import by the ton, but once landed, individual entrepreneurs handle retail distribution. These small time dealers are usually the people caught and sent to prison. Media reports reveal that top level dealers have the money to bribe police and other government officials in source countries.

    In 1972, I was at the Frank Zappa concert when I met a friend in the crowd. I could not find cannabis for some time, and I inquired if my friend could help me? He reached into his pocket for a 5 gram piece of hashish, and broke off a gram. “Enjoy this,” he said, handing me the piece as a gift. Plainclothes police were working the crowd, and arrested us. Being my 1st offence, I received a six month peace bond. He was sentenced to six months in prison for trafficking. The taxpayer paid $18,000 to keep him there.

    The Citizen reported on my last conviction for simple possession of cannabis resin on February 13, 1988. I was sentenced to 90 days in prison. That cost the taxpayer $9,000. The five policemen who came to court to testify on their day off, shared $1200 in time and a half overtime pay. Policemen always go to court on their scheduled day off. The cannabis Law financially benefits only the dealers, the lawyers and the police. The taxpayer loses.

    Alcohol and tobacco can kill people. The government is happy to get the tax revenue. Repealing the cannabis laws will greatly reduce government expenditures in police, court and prison costs, and greatly increase government revenue so that hospitals can be kept open, and health care workers and teachers can keep their jobs. Deficit reduction targets and debt repayment will be realized sooner.

    By the design of nature, the poorest of third world countries grow the best cannabis. Perhaps it is a crime against nature this unjust law deprives them the income from a cash crop they have in abundance.

  • Anonymous

    Do you have any idea how many kids find and smoke their parents’ pot?

  • http://www.BaltimoreGreenCurrency.org Shrapnel

    It’s the continuing resolution, dude. That is a bill to continue to fund all of the federal government from DoD to medicare and everything in between. It’s supposed to be a stopgap measure allowing the government to keep functioning while the Congress sorts out the various individual bills. If you got your wish all of the various activities of the government including the coastguard, social security administration, the veterans hospitals etc. would have to close down, and then re-open again once the Republicans and Democrats sorted out their differences.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    Crap. So what you’re saying is that Columbia is not going to get anymore helicopters?

    Heck, they were just weeks away from completely eradicating cocaine from their country.

    All they needed was 100 billion dollars worth of more helicopters.

    Without a Drug Czar, how are we going to give these people all those helicopters?

  • Anonymous

    I saw a story on it somewhere, I think maybe at Huffington Post!

    What’s so surprising about this story?

    It’s just one conservative president honoring another undeserving conservative president!

    This kind of insider presidential shit happens all the time. This shows that Obama now belongs to the exclusive presidential club, this award ensures that if he loses in 2012 he has made at least one friend in the club.

    I’m surprised Obama hasn’t yet found some honor he can bestow posthumously on Ronald Reagan.

    The Fox Entertainment Channel would have to give that event positive coverage!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/42THFKXIPMJHQBIH6OPI4RVIDY Thebes

    At last some common sense from a congresscritter?
    I must be dreaming…
    (if I think it stands any chance)

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/42THFKXIPMJHQBIH6OPI4RVIDY Thebes

    Maybe they’d stop flying the damned black helicopters here! Actually dark OD green with medium OD green N numbers you can see at 100 feet if they aren’t moving.

    One of the fuckers circled my half built off-grid cabin at about that height a couple years ago. Always the same story, they check out anyplace that might be growing cannabis, then go in with the sheriff’s dept and split the take (which the deputy’s familia vends for side income)…. now they mostly stay over 500ft though since a judge got pissy with them, but they are still damned annoying. They belong to the air national guard.

  • Anonymous

    Just do it! In the name of austerity and deficit hawk cockadodooledo, go ahead and do it.

  • Anonymous

    Nice try there Congressman but we aren’t about to put 6,000 people out of work.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, even though the scientists and medical experts findings support their stance, politicians are still scared that their opponent will use the “he’s soft on drugs” argument against them.

    The only way to deal with this is to identify any instance of the “soft on drugs” line being used by one politician against another and turn that against the asshole… painting their pro-prohibition stance as one that ruins people’s lives, destroys families and cost the taxpayer millions – all in spite of the scientific evidence.

  • Guest

    Sorry to bust your groove, but they are throwing us a bone to get what they really want. Afterwords, they’ll take back the bone and we will be worse off. Better listen to the ACLU on this one.

  • Anonymous

    After being awarded to George Tenet and Paul Bremer, two of the biggest traitors to the Constitution in modern history, the Medal of Freedom lost all value. It’s almost as ludicrous as awarding the Nobel Prize to Obama whose Afghan policy has resulted in years of war and thousands of casualties. Bush Senior only looks good in comparison to these tiny infinitesimal apparatchniks.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ODHDTSN5TFE24TZS22LJWXHO6I Rash Lameballs

    WANTED
    For the production and distribution of illegal plants
    GOD
    Claims to have created everything,including all illegal plants.We have evidence in writing,
    “I have given you every herb bearing seed,which is upon the face of the earth”,
    Genesis,the Bible
    Also wanted as a person of interest and co-conspiritor
    JESUS CHRIST
    Claims to be the son of GOD and religious cult leader,sought for interview in regard to knowledge of fathers activities.Already nailed to the cross once,reports suggest he may have risen again.
    Report sightings to !-800-POLICESTATE

  • http://voxxrocks.com/blog/ HIStory Indeed

    If we don’t have money for schools, then we don’t have money to continue this failed crusade against “some drugs”.

    If we want people to NOT do drugs, we need to be educating our children, not incarcerating their parents.

    Everything begins with the education of the children, that’s why the government pushed for the takeover of the schools in the first place.

  • Rob

    By their works we shall know them.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Indeed. Or perhaps death not even warmed over.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    I tried to ignore it but to no avail.
    Perhaps this medal is expressly for his illegal invasion of Panama where more civilians died than in 9/11 so that Bush might illegally kidnap the leader of a sovereign nation and a known CIA asset and rendition him to the US.
    Or perhaps it is for Bush’s claim that he was the only living person in America who ‘couldn’t remember where he was on November 22, 1963′.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Be a shame if someone accidentally discharged a SAM while out hunting, um, geese.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    JESUS CHRIST–and for suspicion of dissemination of socialist idealogy.

  • Hologram5

    It’s about time. Get rid of ALL czars and we’ll have a good start.

  • Hologram5

    Now that’s a scary thought…

  • Hologram5

    before we have another Egypt right here.
    —————————————-
    Awwww man, you’re draining the fun out of it….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EZ4W5CDCIVXKIIKESYBN2EP6VE brian

    That’s because the parents smoke it in secret and the kids stumble across it. It isn’t smoked in front of them.

    Do you know how many kids are uninterested in drinking booze when their parents do it in front of them with their buddies? Of course that changes in college, but match set point.

  • Anonymous

    Apparently this guy Polis hasn’t talked to Kucinich and discovered that if you tell the truth and try to make sense in the US government, the cafeteria will put something in your food designed to break your teeth.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NVKAE5H6DBXJ6SO7MAHH4YUL3A CD

    I don’t read it as an “either/or”, I don’t believe that the “end the drug war” amendment is tied to the title X amendment, both are just single amendments to the bill out of more than 500 amendments to H.R. 1, the continuing resolution for funding gubmint for the remainder of the fiscal year.

  • Anonymous

    But, if you legalize, Philip Morris’ new marijuana division will be hiring.

  • Mein Furor

    More monstrosities of monumental monetary waste:

    ALL “wars”
    military (aka ‘defense spending’)
    DHS (completely out of control spending going on here)
    tax-free “faith-based” organizations/corporations
    15% capital gains tax
    corporate tax loopholes
    corporate subsidies
    govt protection of former vice presidents

    I bet you take a big chunk out of the deficit by seriously trimming the budgets of all these money pits.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    over 250 private prisons in the U.S. .. isn’t it nice to know the rich don’t mind paying taxes to put non-violent plant puffers in prison but don’t want to pay anything to feed them if they aren’t in prison? I guess they figure if they are paying for the food, they should be able to abuse you as well.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    keeping hemp illegal keeps the corn subsidies flowing which keeps cheap food for feed lots flowing as well as sweetener for all your food, and now the corn lobby managed to get the worst kind of bio-fuel program we could have handed to them. It also keeps the few people who’s families were granted huge plots of forest in lots of money for paper production.. and helps Dow keep producing lots of things without significant competition.

    Same with cannabis. Big Pharma doesn’t want you to have near free medication.

    Prohibition is only insanity to the general public.. it’s a huge cash cow to the status quo on many levels. That’s what Hillary said when she said “there’s too much money in it”.. namely billions to the pharma companies, forest industry, fuel/food industry, textiles industry, as well as billions to prisons/police/etc.

  • Taleisin

    This guy doesn’t understand how to govern the American people.

    You can stop spending on money wasters like schools and hospitals but you can not take money from law enforcement. It is not a luxury, no matter how futile. Without law enforcement, you can’t control the people. And control is what government is all about.

    Arms and fear are important governing tools. It the American government is to remain strong and protect the business interests of the elite, it must maintain tradition methods of control.
    If government gives up a little power, it is the same as giving it to you lot. Power is not generous or self-sacrificing. It is accumulative and centrifugal. It is power’s nature to control more and more, not less and less.

    First, the blacks will want to be 5/5 human. Then women will want responsibility of their own bodies. Unions will want the right to strike. The masses may go too far and protest for segregation of church and government.
    You see! The money spent on the drug war is just as important as the money spent in Afghanistan.

    You can’t expect America to have international control without first having domestic control. England couldn’t have an empire until it controlled Scotland and Wales. USA cannot bully anyone, if it can’t bully it’s own people. It’s your destiny. You are the test case for the New World Order. Did you think the elite care about you nationalist rustics? America is only their power base. They want the world.

    Only the Republicans can be trusted to know what Jesus wants best for America!
    ;)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    Do you know how many kids sneak parent’s cigs even though parents smoke in front of the kids?

    And I’ve met a LOT of kids when I was in high school who would sneak booze from their parents even though the parents drank in front of them.

    I’ve known kids that stumbled across their parents pot and were appalled, left it alone, because the kid didn’t want to smoke it.

    And I’ve know kids who smoke pot with their parents.

    You can’t generalize about these things, you have to study it.. get facts and find out what trends are present. But here’s one fact: pot is sold by criminals who also tend to sell other, more dangerous drugs.. and when they are selling pot to your kids they may well see if your kid wants harder drugs. Keeping drugs illegal puts pressure on kids that would only be seeking harmless pot, to try harder drugs. .. and putting the drugs behind a counter, like with alcohol, will make getting drugs for kids a lot harder than it is today, just like with alcohol.

  • Anonymous

    Give “them” some time, he’ll be eating a dirt omelet as soon as “they” get his address. He’s openly gay too so that should speed up his untimely departure.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    *sniff sniff*

    Is that a little sanity I smell in the air?

  • Jaimie11

    Better than giving Planned Parenthood taxpayer funding would be to defund it completely and let people who support it give generously and claim their gifts as charitable deductions – that single step would cause a great deal of manufactured disagreement and conflict between two opposing factions to dissolve.

    Placing eliminating the illegal war on drugs up against reproductive and abortion services is merely a means of exploiting the dysfunctional electorate and manipulating them into maintaining the status quo.

    As Alan Simpson pointed out yesterday,

    “That’s how you pass or kill something in this country, you use emotion, fear, guilt or racism, and I’ve been in them all – I did immigration, nuclear, Social Security, ageing – I learned where the long knives are.

    And as long as people are buffaloed by that, and fogged by that on the basis of protecting their hide from any peril, as H.L. Mencken once said, we’re in deep trouble.”

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2011/02/16/133801977/alan-simpson-cut-entitlements-defense-dont-touch-help-to-poor

  • Jaimie11

    …and you don’t even have to be 60 to look like death – Ann Coulter for instance.

  • Jaimie11

    Yeah, a good show he’s puttin’ on. Isn’t he also cutting services to the poor, disabled, and destitute?

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    True, although she is 50.
    She’s no spring chicken, but she does seem to have a hard-boiled egg lodged in her gullet.

  • Anonymous

    I think that he is looking for a job at the Carlyle Group

  • Anonymous

    “…they’re just still too timid or scared to come public with it,” he said.”

    Write them then, because your support will help.

    “Oh, it will do no good,” you say.

    1st, it will just take you a minute (google write my… representative, senator, president).

    2nd, here’s a guy who is on your side and HE is saying many are ‘timid’ …. you are getting the inside story from someone you can trust on this issue. So act! They are afraid of not getting elected! So…? OBVIOUSLY, YOU need to tell them that you are not bothered by giving the American people back their liberty (taken away when… in the 30′s?).

    Because it will help, write your representatives. And tell Obama how disappointed you are in his choice of DEA chief and his ignoring the recommendations of the NAACP.

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately, right now, it’s the Democrats who are hot for persecution of even Medical Marijuana patients. Check Clinton’s record on it. Check out Hillary’s recent comments. Look who Obama appointed as DEA chief and her record and public statements.

    Write your representatives ESPECIALLY if you are a Democrat.

  • Anonymous

    Imagine the cost to the taxpayer! Imagine what the law enforcement officer could be doing with the same time.

  • Jaimie11

    Did you read the amendments proposed?

    http://www.gop.gov/bill/112/1/hr1amendments

  • Jaimie11

    Schools have plenty of money – they just employ “designed to fail” methods. Do you ever question how it is that 50 years ago students studied Latin and Greek in high school and now they study remedial reading in college?

  • Anonymous

    Time to reverse Wickard v Filburn, and the abominable Raich follow-on. They’re poor and invalid substitutes for an 18th amendment type legitimization of the entire CSA. And besides, we cannot afford the gross injustice financially NOR morally.

  • Jaimie11

    What are the laws and attitudes to MM and the wars on drugs in Aussie land?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UM75UT6SBQFK2O6OFTHZMZIGTM Corey Sittig

    No that only happens to people that practice evil. Hence all presidents get grey hair.

  • http://voxxrocks.com/blog/ HIStory Indeed

    Believe me, I didn’t mean to imply the take over was a good thing, just that the social indoctrination begins there.

    I know that during that same time we’ve dropped from being 1st in the world to somewhere in the 20′s overall in the pumping out intelligent citizens department. I believe this is by design however.

    All of our social systems have designed to fail stamped right on’em. We do nothing sustainably, and haven’t made the world a better place for the human experience in thousands of years.

    Each generation accepts a lower level of standards as their defaults and has no idea where they’ve come from or where society is headed. One thing they do have however is the “belief” that someone, other than them of course, is on it. And therein lay the seeds of our downfall.

  • Anonymous

    LOL…. “rapiscan” machines too.

  • Anonymous

    I agree. It’s just a poorly written article.

  • Anonymous

    What “sane drug policy”?

  • Anonymous

    It ain’t no show. The first time he was Gov he lived in an apartment to save the State of Calif the cost of using the Gov’s Mansion. Yes, he is haing to make some hard choices in the state’s budget, but that’s the mess left behind by 24 years of Republican governors.

  • Anonymous

    It started with Nixon.

  • Anonymous

    I guess you haven’t heard of the Bunga-Bunga?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    1) not all schools have “plenty of money”, some are woefully underfunded.

    2) schools today are not about teaching/educating/enlightening, they are about preparing people to be workers.. some schools go as far as technical training for local industry.

    3) we have too many people on school boards that aren’t education oriented, but instead want to argue about if raw science should be taught in school or if religion should be taught side by side with science.

    4) we aren’t applying advances in education to our system because “employers” and higher education systems like seeing “grades”, it makes it easier for them to make snap decisions (which are often misleading or wrong).

    We do have a deep problem with education, and one of the main things is that it simply isn’t revered in our society. There is a distinct anti-intellectual bent in this country.. another main problem is that schools are more like daycare centers for families with both parents working and no one home during the day to watch the kids.

    Our number one expenditure in this country should be education, instead it’s war machine production/usage. No class should have more than 15 students per teacher and students should be moved from class to class based on their individual ability, not cookie cutter syllabuses that everyone must stick to, slowing some kids way down or being way too much for others to handle.

    We’ve tried to apply industrial processes to our educational system, and that is clearly failing.

  • WitsEnd66

    Sorry, you are absolutely right. Now I remember Elvis visiting the White House
    drugged up when Nixon made him a deputy or something.  Thanks for the
    correction.

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  • Guest

    You think our drug policy is sane? lol

  • Anonymous

    I did and my comment was more as a joking response. The whole austerity argument is loaded with falsehoods. Thanks for the link though.

  • Taleisin

    In our Capital Territory, Canberra, it is OK to have a little dope and they get the best porn. So our federal politicians have more relaxed laws than the rest of the country.

    If you get busted with a personal amount, in Queensland, which is say an ounce, or 3 trees in your backyard, it’s a fine and community service. 5 trees means you sell it so now your in trouble, and there might be jail. There is a criminal record with being busted as a smoker, and that should change. Our state politicians would like to decriminalize it, but the old vote would not be happy with it. And it is easier to fall in line with America.

    Big growers and importers go to jail. Sellers too if they have a large amount.
    A friend of a friend, a hippie out bush, had a visit from the local copper. It was a routine visit about neighborhood stuff. As the copper was leaving, he pointed to the mull plant in the Hippy’s front yard and said, ‘ Ah,You better get rid of that.’ And walked away.

    Joe Cocker got kicked out of Aus. in 1974 for having a little ‘green’ in his bag. The harsh treatment the police gave him was sooo embarrassing to the nation, it basically toppled the old federal conservative government that had been in power for 20 years.

    See! Rock and Roll changes lives. But try telling that to young people today, and they won’t believe you.

  • Taleisin

    Dems? That surprises me! Sorry Cobber, I’m an Aussie. So I can only lend you my support. But if you want to kick some political ass over there, I’m all for it.

  • Jaimie11

    So the political has class is exempted from rules the rest of you must follow. Funny how that goes. It’s the same all over the world. That’s one reason the government our Constitution describes is better – small, easily changed, limited powers balanced among three branches that are supposed to limit each others’ power grabs. But we have not had Constitutional government here for so long no one living has the remotest memory of it.

    Those Rockers used to spread dangerous ideas about freedom, but no more. The revolution was subverted through appeals to the selfishness, power-lust and greed of the ever-present little dictators residing in the hearts of human beings.

    The war on drugs is only one of too many unwinnable expensive wars being waged against individual autonomy and the practice of responsible freedom which, if acknowledged and practiced, would blunt the addictive attractions of all wars and deflate the oligarchs’ powers to manipulate us into them.

    Imagine seas of anti-war protesters in every major city and state capital…

  • Anonymous

    makes perfect sense! in other words our worthless congress wont do it! until they find a way to make up for cia black ops budgets, and corrupt law enforcement keeping fat budgets to arrest and jail people for growing, selling, or smoking A GOD DAMNED PLANT, IN A SUPPOSEDLY FREE COUNTRY! this country is a fucking joke!

  • Anonymous

    anytime this worthless government declares war on anything you can rest assured its just another money pit scam! follow the mutha *ucking money and you will know how evil and corrupt our tyrants are!

  • Anonymous

    yea, silly hilly the WAR WHORE slipped up and told the truth for a change!

  • Anonymous

    come on leave the guy alone, he /she disappeard since sara palin took over the crown of americas top *unt! maybe coultergeist is finally getting that sex change and removing that huge manly adams apple, so people will actually believe the guys a woman!

  • Anonymous

    I say he deserves the medal of valour for being brave enough to stay married to the silver douche bag (barbara bush) all these years. holy shit, karmic justice for his giant resume of evil deeds gave him a long marriage to the most digusting waste of flesh on the planet: BABS ( THE SILVER DOUCHE BAG) BUSH!

  • Anonymous

    BILLIONS TO ISRAEL NO MATTER HOW BROKE WE ARE! KILL THE REDICULOUS WAR ON DRUGS,
    CUT ISRAEL LOOSE, LET THE COUNTRY OF BERNIE MADDOFF SCAM SOMEONE ELSE!…..il smoke to that!

  • http://greenfloyd.org/ greenfloyd

    Hats off to the Congressman from the “Centennial State” for this bold, albeit symbolic, gesture.

  • Anonymous

    And it is not a small expense either. I was reading that just to keep ONE INMATE behind bars is an annual cost of $50,000.00. This is truly mind-boggling.

  • shinyorbs

    ATC I love it!! thanks for the laugh….

  • shinyorbs

    I think they get gray hair from the “talk.” you choose, pine box v. our way

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